The leadership of the Palestine Police Department is composed of a Chief of Police and is supported by one Administrative Assistant.
The administration's role is to lead the agency, through implementation of policy and procedures that meets best practices, to manage a budget in excess of $4 million dollars, and to ensure that the Palestine Police Department's and City of Palestine's Mission, Vision and Values are upheld throughout the organization, ensuring quality and professionalism that is expected from our community.
Chief of Police
Chief Mark Harcrow was born and raised in Palestine, Texas. He is a graduate of Palestine High School and holds a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Chief Harcrow also holds a Master Peace Officer license with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Chief Harcrow joined the Palestine Police Department in 2009. During his career with PPD, Chief Harcrow has served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Corporal, Sergeant, Captain and Assistant Chief, prior to being appointed as Interim Chief of Police in October of 2019. Chief Harcrow was appointed permanent Chief of Police in May of 2020.
Administrative Assistant to the Chief Of Police
Donna Thornell has served as the Admin. Assistant to the Chief since September of 2004. She is responsible for clerical duties, including scheduling, budgetary assistance, and the processing of open records requests which come through the City Secretary's Office.